Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray while addressing a press conference hit back at the BJP shortly after Devendra Fadnavis tendered his resignation to the Governor and lashed out at the Sena on Friday, November 8. Uddhav said whatever was decided between the BJP and Shiv Sena and whatever talks happened between the two parties in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah, Fadnavis was also a witness of those talks and he had made it clear that he will not agree for the post of Deputy Chief Minister.
Uddhav said, "During Loksabka elections, I did not go to Delhi, Amit Shah and Devendra Fadnavis came to meet to Mumbai, the talks were stalled during that time as well because I had put forth some demands. I had made it clear then, that I will not agree for a deputy CM post." The Sena supremo added, "I had promised Balasaheb that there will be a Shiv Sena Chief Minister one day, and I will fulfil that promise, I don't need Amit Shah and Devendra Fadnavis for that."
Addressing a press conference after his resignation, Fadnavis made sensational remarks on Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. He said that it was the Sena which started talks with other parties and Sena insulted Prime Minister Narendra Modi a number of times. When asked if BJP President Amit Shah would come to resolve to the tussle between the Mahayuti alliance partners, Fadnavis responded by countering' why should he come when Sena betrayed people's mandate and started talking to NCP-Cong.'
"Why will Amit Shah come when from the first day we are seeing that they are talking to NCP and Congress? Unfortunately, the day when results came, Uddhav Ji said all options open for Govt formation. That was shocking as people gave the mandate to Mahayuti," he said.
The Maharashtra assembly election was conducted on October 21. While BJP contested from 150 constituencies, it left only 124 seats for its ally Shiv Sena. However, the results declared on October 24 threw up a surprise with the alliance not faring as well as expected. The tally of the BJP came down to 105, from 122 seats which they had won in the 2014 election. Sena too won from only 56 constituencies. Though the BJP-Sena alliance has a comfortable majority, a tussle has been going on over the CM’s post. Both sides have been welcoming the support of Independents to leverage their individual position.